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Secondhand Time

The Last of the Soviets

First U.S. Edition.
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Random House
Language
English
Pages
470

"From the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich, comes the first English translation of her latest work, an oral history of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia. Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive documentary style, Secondhand Time is a monument to the collapse of the USSR, charting the decline of Soviet culture and speculating on what will rise from the ashes of communism. As in all her books, Alexievich gives voice to women and men whose stories are lost in the official narratives of nation-states, creating a powerful alternative history from the personal and private stories of individuals"--

"Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style of oral history, Secondhand Time is a monument to the collapse of the USSR, charting the decline of Soviet culture and speculating on what will rise from the ashes of Communism. As in all her books, Alexievich gives voice to women and men whose stories are lost in the official narratives of nation-states, creating a powerful alternative history from the personal and private stories of individuals. When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize in Literature, they praised her 'polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time,' and cited her for inventing 'a new kind of literary genre.' Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, added that her work comprises 'a history of emotions--a history of the soul'"--

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Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets
Mar 21, 2017, Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets
2016, Text Publishing Company
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Second-Hand Time
2016, Fitzcarraldo Editions
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O Fim do Homem Soviético
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Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets
2016, Random House
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Время секонд хэнд
2015, Времия
hardcover in Russian
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Secondhand-Zeit: Leben auf den Trümmern des Sozialismus
May 19, 2015, Suhrkamp Verlag
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Secondhand-Zeit: Leben auf den Trümmern des Sozialismus
2013, Bpb, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
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Table of Contents

Chronology
Remarks from an accomplice
I. The Consolation of Apocalypse
Snatches of street noise and kitchen conversations (1991-2001)
Ten Stories in a Red Interior
On the beauty of dictatorship and the mystery of butterflies in cement
On brothers and sisters, victims and executioners...and the electorate
On cries and whispers...and exhilaration
On the lonely red marshal and three days of forgotten revolution
On the mercy of memories and the lust for meaning
On a different Bible and a different kind of believer
On the cruelty of the flames and salvation from above
On the sweetness of suffering and the trick of the Russian soul
On a time when anyone who kills believes that they are serving God
On the little red flag and the smile of the axe
II. The Charms of Emptiness
Snatches of street noise and kitchen conversations (2002-2012)
Ten Stories In The Absence of an Interior
On Romeo and Juliet...except their names were Margarita and Abulfaz
On people who instantly transformed after the fall of communism
On a loneliness that resembles happiness
On wanting to kill them all and the horror of realizing you really wanted to do it
On the old crone with a braid and the beautiful young woman
On a Stranger's Grief that God has deposited on your doorstep
On life the bitch and one hundred grammes of fine powder in a little white vase
On how nothing disgusts the dead and the silence of dust
On the darkness of the evil one and "the other life we can build out of this one"
On courage and what comes after
Notes from an everywoman.

Edition Notes

Translation from Russian of: Vremi︠a︡ sekond khėnd.

First published in Russian in 2013.

Includes bibliographical references.

Other Titles
Second hand time

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
947.086092/2
Library of Congress
DK510.76 .A44913 2016

Contributors

Translator
Bela Shayevich

The Physical Object

Format
hardcover
Pagination
xiv, 470 pages
Number of pages
470

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL27212362M
ISBN 10
0399588809
ISBN 13
9780399588808
LC Control Number
2016005925
OCLC/WorldCat
939597136

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